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Purchase Ledger Assistant

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC is an entrepreneurial, independent, worldwide publisher listed on the London Stock Exchange with offices in London, Oxford, New York, Sydney and New Delhi. Over its 33-year history, Bloomsbury’s mission has been to publish works of excellence and originality.

The Opportunity

This role provides an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic Finance team. Working within a high volume and fast-paced team you will be a member of the team responsible for the effective running of the Bloomsbury Publishing Purchase Ledger function.

The role reports into the Accounts Payable Supervisor. This is a great opportunity for a driven, focused and motivated team player to join a dynamic finance team.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Process high volumes of purchase invoices
  • Ensure all invoices are processed accurately and authorised in accordance with agreed limits in a timely manner.
  • Adhere to our weekly objectives
  • Resolving Internal and External Purchase Ledger queries
  • Setting up of new supplier accounts and maintaining existing account details
  • Reconciliation of supplier statements
  • Processing staff company credit cards & expenses monthly and promptly.
  • Monthly review of the aged creditor, investigating, and resolving any outstanding issues.
  • Working closely with the Purchase ledger team to streamline, develop and implement efficient and effective processes and procedures. To ensure all processes and procedures documents are kept update.
  • Processing of bi-weekly payment runs.
  • Assisting with the training of new team members.
  • Ad-hoc duties as required.

Skills and experience required

  • A minimum of one years’ experience in a Purchase Ledger role.
  • Proactive and motivated with the ability to work under own initiative with adherence to tight deadlines and an aptitude for attention to detail, an aptitude for continuous improvement, the ability to work flexibly and excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, and the ability to nurture and maintain positive working relationships at all levels.


  • Proficient in excel.
  • Experience in Dimensions and Focal Point desirable.

This is a full time, permanent position with a salary of £23,000

This role is based at our London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, W1B 3DP, on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  Allocated office days for this role are: Tuesday and Thursday

As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over 2 years.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by 28th January 2022.

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Mob Group – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cookery classes, workshops etc.

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (BAME, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 15 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK. 

The Book Trade Charity provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began. 

 Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

Please read more on our Missions and Values here.

Please read our environmental policy here.

Purchase Ledger Assistant

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A minimum of one years’ experience in a Purchase Ledger role.